How to Make Business Cards in WordPad
Using two WordPad documents and Microsoft Paint, create a sheet of your own business cards with professional-looking results.
Things You'll Need
- Printable business card sheets
With few formatting options, WordPad may not seem like the ideal app for creating business cards. However, if you don't have an app like Word, you can set up a full sheet of business cards for printing on business card stock using only WordPad and a couple of workarounds.
Preparing the Business Card
Open WordPad and type the contents of your business card, including your name, position, company name and contact details. Zoom in to 130 percent using the Zoom control in the bottom-right corner. At this zoom level, what you see on the screen shows you the approximate dimensions of a typical 2-by-3.5-inch business card.
Press Ctrl-A to highlight all the text. Click the Font menu to change the font from the default Calibri to any font you want. Increase the Font Size so the words fill the card. Click the Line Spacing icon and clear the Add 10pt Space After Paragraphs option. Decrease the line spacing to 1.0.
Customize the text to draw attention to specific elements. For example, highlight your company name and click the Center Alignment icon, then increase the font size to make the name prominent.
Further customize by formatting the text. For example, highlight your name and click the Bold icon to make it prominent. Leave your name and position aligned to the left. Highlight the address and contact information and select Right Alignment.
Insert a website address and an email address if desired. WordPad automatically turns these into clickable links, underlined in blue. To prevent this from happening, insert a space before or after each period and @ symbol. Use the Shift and Arrow keys to highlight that space — clicking and dragging won't work — and reduce the Font Size for the space to 8 pt. or smaller. This prevents WordPad from changing the formatting to hypertext, while leaving the additional spaces relatively unnoticeable.
Insert a company logo if desired. Click the Picture icon, select an image in the Navigation window that opens and click OK.
Unlike Word, there are no text wrap options in WordPad, so any images result in large spaces between lines. The best place for a picture is often directly below the company name. To change its location, drag the center of the picture. To resize the picture, drag any corner.
Save the document when you're happy with the card's appearance. Make sure every line is visible and then press Fn-Space to take a screenshot, which is saved to the Windows clipboard.
Preparing a Sheet of Business Cards
Open a new WordPad document. Click the Paint Drawing icon to open MS Paint.
Press Ctrl-V to paste the screenshot of your business card. Click the Select icon and draw a business card-shaped rectangle around the text. Click the Crop icon.
Click the Resize icon and then select Pixels. Look at the Horizontal and Vertical dimensions. When you divide the Horizontal and Vertical dimensions, the ideal result is 1.75 if you are creating 2-by-3.5-inch business cards. If the number is much smaller than 1.5, press Esc, then Ctrl-Z to undo the crop, then try again with a taller selection to decrease the horizontal size. In the screenshot shown here, 1457 by 942 pixels is 1.55, which works fine if you don't mind a bit of space around the margins of the finished card.
While you can unlock the Maintain Aspect Ratio option in Paint to resize the card, this distorts the font, resulting in blurry text.
Click the File menu and select Update Document. Paint closes and inserts the business card image into WordPad.
Drag a corner of the image and resize it so that its left side is at the margin and the right side is at 3.5-inches, as shown on the WordPad ruler. Enter three spaces after the image. Select the image and press Ctrl-C, then Ctrl-V to copy and paste a duplicate beside it. Adjust the spacing between the cards until the second card's left edge is at 4 inches, as shown on the ruler.
Place the cursor below the first card. Press Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V to copy the two cards and paste duplicates below them. From the File menu, select Print to print a copy of the document on plain paper.
Compare the printout to your business card stock and adjust the spacing in WordPad if needed to fit the dimensions with the card stock. Next, copy and paste additional cards onto the document to fill an entire page and print the cards on the business card stock.
Most printers have a manual feed you can use for printing on card stock, which you can access in the printer settings or by inserting card stock into that manual feed. Load only two or three pieces of card stock at a time to prevent jamming.